Minimalissimo


Categorized “Piggy bank”

Atelier Peekaboo recently created a minimalist ceramic piggy bank named Sur les toits. The English translation is “on top of the roofs” and refers to the place where they found inspiration for the shape of the design. One easily inserts the money in the slot on top of the piggy bank and incase one needs the money, there is no need to crack the ceramic; just angle the piggy bank and shake gently. The prototypes, ranging in colours and sizes, have been handcrafted by the Fribourg based ceramist Peter Fink. Atelier Peekaboo was founded in 2008 by two Swiss designers from Neuchâtel. Damien Ummel and Thierry Didot met during their studies at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). The two decided to strenght forces and by permanently questioning the industrial designer’s role in a society surrounded by objects, they try to provide elements to respond to it.


BANK is minimalist money box made of elastic rubber by BIG-GAME design studio. We have featured the Lausanne based studio before. I just love their outspoken, minimalist and colorful products. And like many of their other products BANK has a playfull touch. The usage is simple: slip coins in the slit, press it and turn it upside down to get the coins back. The only downside I see, compared to a ‘traditional’ piggy bank, is that one can retrieve the money back a bit too easily ;). BANK is produced by Praxis, Hong Kong.


Put your money into a nest egg by dropping coins and stuffing bills into the delightfully simple J Schatz Egg Bank. Based in New York, Jim Schatz designs and handcrafts ceramic products from the inside out to make common objects in a wonderfully unique and innovative way. A perfect receptacle for money, these elegant Egg Banks have been handcrafted in durable stoneware and are available in glossy Bright White, Gold and Platinum. The eggs measure 8″ high x 6″ wide with a 1 1/4″ x 1/8″ wide money slot. I’m certainly fond of the glossy white egg.


Inspired by the famous silhouette of the Matriyoshkas, Racheli C. Sharfstein designed these piggy banks for Studio Ooga. The piggy banks, made or cermamic, available in large, medium and small look like a family of two parents and one child.


Throughout his life he was dedicated to creating and developing the “ideal” everyday object. These words describe the passion of artist and architect Bruno Limberger. His 1960 Koin piggy bank was re-vived in 2007 by Swiss designers Gabriela Vetsch & Andre Riemens for manufacturer Merlo-T. And although the couple has made a few adjustments and has added additional sizes, Limberger’s original design concept remains absolutely timeless.